Who Has The Most Followers? — One Solitary Life

I recently learned this beautiful poem was written in 1926 by Dr. James Francis Allen.  If you’ve followed my posts, you know my twin subjects this week are Following and of course ChristmasJesus, the central figure of Christmas, has had and continues to have more followers than anyone else on the planet before or since.

I think reprinting this lovely poem most appropriate for this week.  I hope you do, too.

He was born in an obscure village
The child of a peasant woman

English: This is a map of first century Iudaea...

He grew up in another obscure village
Where he worked in a carpenter shop
Until he was thirty


He never wrote a book
He never held an office
He never went to college
He never visited a big city
He never travelled more than two hundred miles

English: Oakland California Temple of The Chur...

From the place where he was born
He did none of the things
Usually associated with greatness

He had no credentials but himself

He was only thirty three

His friends ran away
One of them denied him
He was turned over to his enemies

Jesus on the wall of the senior Home

And went through the mockery of a trial
He was nailed to a cross between two thieves
While dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing
The only property he had on earth


When he was dead
He was laid in a borrowed grave
Through the pity of a friend

Nineteen centuries have come and gone

And today Jesus is the central figure of the human race

Corcovado jesus

And the leader of mankind’s progress
All the armies that have ever marched
All the navies that have ever sailed
All the parliaments that have ever sat
All the kings that ever reigned put together
Have not affected the life of mankind on earth
As powerfully as that one solitary life

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